Paramedics use Google Translate to communicate with Congolese woman while delivering baby

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When you think of Google Translate, you might thinking that it’s great for finding the nearest restroom or where you can grab a cup of coffee, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Paramedics Gerry McCann and Shane Mulcahy were on route with a Congolese woman to Cork University Maternity Hospital in Ireland when there was a sudden change in plans. The baby wasn’t waiting any longer, but she spoke Swahili, and very limited English.


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New app for Project Tango shows off 3D drawing and depth capabilities

project tango space skethrProject Tango still has a long road before it will be publicly available, but thanks to some early development units we can see just how developers and apps can take advantage of the hardware. The hardware on Google’s project includes two computer vision processors, plus depth sensors and motion trackers, which Left Field Labs took advantage of to create a drawing app called Space Sketchr.

Space Sketchr lets you create drawings on a Project Tango tablet, which doesn’t sound that impressive. But the unique twist here is that it fully utilizes the depth capabilities that Project Tango offers, so you can create different images at different points in space, then rotate your view around to see your creation. In reality, the “drawing” really turns out more like a sculpture, but it’s very, very cool to see.
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Is there a doctor in the house? Google Search now highlights relevant medical information

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Admit it! We have all felt certain symptoms and went straight to Google to find out what it could be. You’re not alone because one in 20 Google searches are for health related information.

Now Google is making it easier to find that info you’re looking for by showing you typical symptoms and treatments in the Knowledge Graph. You will also get details about how common the condition is and even if it’s critical or contagious. You might even get an illustration.


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[Deal] Spend 2 minutes completing Google’s Security Checkup and receive 2 GB of Google Drive storage

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Did you know that today is Safer Internet Day? To celebrate, Google is giving you a chance to grab 2 GB of extra Google Drive storage, and it will only cost you 2 minutes of your time. More importantly, you will secure your account in the process

All you have to do is complete Google’s Security Checkup, which basically confirms your recovery information, apps and devices that have access to your account information, and lets you check your most recent sign-in activity.


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LG to give away a plastic version of Google Cardboard to G3 owners

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With Samsung offering the Gear VR, many are wondering what LG, or even other Android manufacturers will do. LG is joining the party, but they are doing exactly the opposite of Samsung in that they are embracing Google, which is something Samsung never does.

LG VR is going to be based on Google Cardboard, except it will be tailored for the G3 and it will be made  from plastic. LG VR will utilize the same ring magnet found on Cardboard, and it will work with the G3 magnetic gyroscope to scroll through applications and menus. However, this VR will also leverage the rear volume rocker layout and the G3′s 1W speaker for better sound.


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Google Talk users about to get shoved over to Hangouts

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Google is ready to put the final nail in the coffin of their Google Talk messaging platform as all remaining users will be forced to switch to Hangouts if they want to stick with Google or find a whole new platform from some other provider. The change will take place on February 16th when Google Talk is shutdown for good.

This move is not surprising as Google has been nudging users over to Hangouts for a while now and pulled the app from the Play Store. If some new user happened to stumble across Google Talk while searching for a messaging platform, Google made sure to redirect them to information about Hangouts.
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Private backups and sharing might be coming to Google+ Photos soon, Google acquires Odysee

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Another day, and another acquisition by Google. This one is a company called Odysee that specializes in allowing Android and iOS users to back up their photos and videos to their own computer. On top of that, it also allows for private, automatic sharing to chosen people.

There is already an app available for both Android and iOS, but it will be shutdown on February 23. The Odysee development team will join Google+ to “continue to focus on building amazing products that people love.”


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Google utilizing Hangouts to help sell Android and Chrome products

Google-Hangouts-logoGoogle originally launched Helpouts so users could give live technical assistance over Google Hangouts, which was a great and unique way to use the instant messaging service. Now it looks like the company is utilizing the Helpouts platform to sell Android and Chrome products to potential buyers.

The program is still in a testing phase, but customers can jump into a live stream to learn about and discuss products, including Google phones and tablets and Chromebooks, although it doesn’t include things like Nest and Google Glass, at least for the time being. The chat agents can answer questions to help you pick out what device is right for you, and they can even help you with some basic troubleshooting in case you run into issues with your devices.
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Google releases ‘Best Friends Furever’ video to promote Android’s togetherness

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“Be together. Not the same.” That is the tagline Google has been running since the launch of Android 5.0 Lollipop. It embodies everything that the operating system is about while speaking on a bigger level. Devices (and people) do not have to be identical in order to work together. Everything and everyone has something unique to offer. The latest way Google is promoting the togetherness of Android is with animals. A new 60-second video was published and circulates through various scenes of different animals bonding: a cat and dog opening a door together, a bear and a tiger snuggling together, an elephant and a sheep digging together. Do you get it? Animals are working together with ease, something that humans have not yet mastered.

Hit the break to watch the video along with brief clips.


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